Preparing your search of retirement homes
Whether you are searching with an assistant or doing the initial footwork by searching the internet for a retirement home, you’ll need to have an idea of the area you want to live in and more importantly, the type of retirement community that will suit you best.
Types of retirement communities
To add some clarity and help you in the decision making process, I’ve outlined a brief overview of the types of care available in Canada and more specifically, the levels of care commonly provided at retirement communities.
Active Retirement Communities
The active retirement community is also known as the active adult community, 55-plus living and resort community. They are usually age-exclusive from 55+, 60+ and sometimes 65+ but there are also communities that are not age restrictive. Active retirement communities may be gated with on-site security and sometimes health-care. The active retirement lifestyle appeals to baby-boomers and seniors moving into the early phase of retirement or semi-retirement and who are still very independent, wishing to retain control over most aspects of their lives.
Assisted living communities are suited to individuals that require assistance with certain daily activities but are still able to live independently. Typical assisted living units range from private rooms to apartment style self-contained suites with private washroom and cooking facilities. There is usually a common dining room where residents can socialize and have meals together.